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Aptevo Therapeutics (APVO) Reports Second Quarter 2017 Financial Results



8/10/2017 9:18:08 AM

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Showcases Differentiating Features of the ADAPTIR™
Protein Therapeutic Platform at Prominent Industry Conferences

Signs Collaboration Agreement with Alligator Bioscience Expanding Aptevo’s Portfolio to Include a New Bispecific Antibody Candidate with a Novel Mechanism of Action Targeting 4-1BB, a Compelling Biological Pathway Implicated in Numerous Solid Tumor Indications

SEATTLE, Aug. 10, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aptevo Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq:APVO), a biotechnology company focused on developing novel oncology and hematology therapeutics, today provided a business review and reported its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2017.

“I’m extremely proud of our achievements so far in 2017, particularly when you consider our short history as an independent company,” commented Marvin L. White, President and Chief Executive Officer. “With IXINITY now back on track and beginning to show renewed sales growth, we are increasingly turning our focus towards the real value-creating opportunity in our company – our ADAPTIR protein therapeutic platform. There is discernable momentum building around this asset, as we were laser-focused during the first half of 2017 on building awareness in the scientific community around the differentiating features and benefits of our ADAPTIR platform. This growing awareness culminated in the execution of an exciting new partnership with Alligator Bioscience, that will see our companies co-develop a promising new targeted immunotherapeutic, ALG.APV-527, with a novel mechanism of action aimed at recruiting the immune system against various types of solid tumors.”

“As an emerging new class of therapeutics, bispecific antibodies hold promise for the treatment of a variety of serious and chronic diseases. With two new bispecific candidates announced in 2017, APVO436 and ALG.APV-527, and a growing appreciation in the scientific community for the potential therapeutic utility of this new class of engineered proteins, we are excited to continue our progress on this effort and look forward to providing information around our investigational new drug (IND) strategy for these candidates later this year,” said Mr. White.

Second Quarter 2017 Highlights

  • Introduced new IXINITY commercial supply to the market in May; completed successful manufacture of new bulk drug substance batches of IXINITY confirming resolution of the bulk drug substance manufacturing challenge.
  • Presented new clinical data evaluating the safety and efficacy of IXINITY in children with Hemophilia B, showing that IXINITY appears to be safe and well tolerated in this subject population.
  • Presented data on the ADAPTIR protein therapeutic platform at two prominent industry conferences, the Americas Antibody Congress 2017 and the 2017 Next Generation Protein Therapeutics Summit, highlighting the activity, stability, extended half-life and superior manufacturability of Aptevo’s ADAPTIR bispecific antibody candidates.
  • Selected a new ADAPTIR bispecific candidate, APVO436, and presented comprehensive preclinical data at the American Association for Cancer Research 2017 annual meeting demonstrating potent in vitro and in vivo immune activation and an extended half-life of 12.5 days in rodents for APVO436.
  • Announced a collaboration agreement with Alligator Bioscience to jointly develop and advance a lead bispecific antibody candidate, ALG.APV-527, with a novel mechanism of action targeting 4-1BB and an undisclosed tumor antigen, demonstrating the flexibility of Aptevo’s ADAPTIR protein therapeutic platform.

Second Quarter 2017 Financial Results

Cash Position: Aptevo had cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments as of June 30, 2017 totaling $48.6 million.

Product Sales Revenue: Total product sales revenue was $10.8 million for the three months ended June 30, 2017, compared to $10.2 million for the same period in 2016. The increase in product sales revenue was primarily due to increased sales of IXINITY as new supply of IXINITY was reintroduced during the current period, offset by reduced sales of WinRho.

Cost of Product Sales: Cost of product sales decreased by $0.6 million, or 10%, to $5.9 million for the three months ended June 30, 2017 from $6.5 million for the three months ended June 30, 2016. This decrease was due to lower sales costs associated with WinRho, as the product sales also decreased, offset by increased costs associated with IXINITY and HepaGam.

Research and Development Expenses: Research and development expenses decreased by $0.8 million, or 11%, to $6.8 million for the three months ended June 30, 2017, from $7.6 million for the corresponding period in 2016. Aptevo’s research and development expenses for the three months ended June 30, 2017 are summarized in the table below.


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